Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bday card for the Monkey and Challenges!

Hello Everyone thanks for coming by.  This is a birthday card for my daughter Sarah a.k.a. (The Monkey). She is a sophomore in college and after 12 years of catholic school, came home with a pair of wings tat-ewed on her shoulder blades.  One on each side, up to this point in her life she didn't even have her ears pierced! When the weather turned warm she had forgotten I didn't know about it, came home from work wearing a tank top and low and behold, I gasped and thought WTF! (Please do not be offended, I say with a 90 % certainty that if your 20 year old daughter came home with wings tat-ewed on her back you would also say WTF, there is no other phrase that works). I prayed it was wasn't.  *sigh* so this image is for her. This is one of Kenny K's images Devilish Donna I love this image!

I made my own glimmer mist and sprayed it on the flowers, I am happy with how it turned out, the flowers were white before I sprayed them.  The flower centers are buttons.  The dew drops on top of the buttons I colored as well with glimmer mist (note to self and my tip for Tip Top Tuesday, the shimmery stuff (pearl ex) rubs off of plastic, color stays, no more pearl ex on dew drops) The dew drops were clear from Michael's. 

I know this is long...stay with me.  So I have seen all these fancy bling flourishes and I have a ton of rhinestones (another sad story) so I thought "Hey, I can make one of those out of my rhinestones." So I bought a stencil by Pebbles, it says it's for chalk..heh.  So I placed it on the card, strategically placed dots of glue and wa-la.  Well it is my first attempt, don't turn on me lol.  I need smaller rhinestones I suppose and I need to not bunch them up but I have not given up. This is one picture of a plastic container of rhinestones, I have THREE

I hope I get better with practice because I have a LOT of rhinestones to use LOL.  If you have stayed with me this long thanks and I have entered my card in the following challenges:
  1. Kenny K's Challenge-Anything Goes
  2. Secret Crafter-Anything that flies
  3. Tip Top Tuesday-Anything Goes
  4. Fairy Knoll Friday-Anything Goes
  5. Alphabet Challenge-A for Angels and Fairies
  6. The TownScrapper -Some Buttons
  7. Southern Girls-Glitter it Up
  8. Simon Says-Punches
  9. Paper Pretties-Square Card
  10. Paper Players-Anything Goes
  11. Gingerloft-Buttons
  12. Cowgirls Sunday-Bling it on
  13. Creative Inspirations-Glitter, Glamour, Girlie
  14. Wee Memories-Anything Goes
  15. Papertake Weekly-Sparkly and Bright
  16. Craft Your Passion-Add Glitter and Sparkles
  17. 4 Crafty Chicks-Die cuts and punches
  18. A Spoon Full of Sugar-Die cuts and punches
  19. Creative Card Crew-Punches and Die Cuts
  20. Inktegrity-Anything Goes
Whew! Thanks for letting me ramble and thanks for staying with me! A special thank you to all those talented and generous crafters who provide us with challenges to inspire us! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More deals!

I recently made two purchases from Ebay and I am quite pleased.  The first was a set of 10 "Mini Misters" similar to the Tim Holtz kind.  I got 10 for 6.99 and free shipping. I believe she also has a set of 30 for $14.99. You can check out her link here. Here is the pick she has in the store of the Mini Misters

The other purchase was for a Pump Dispenser (it says for Nail Polish Remover and Makeup Remover but stay with me here). Gina K Designs has a similar pump only much more fancy and I believe made out of glass that she uses for her odorless mineralspirits. I use odorless mineral spirits when I color my images with my Primacolor Pencils.  Now Gina's is $25.00 the one I found on Ebay, plastic and not fancy was only $2.81 and free shipping!  It takes about 2 weeks to get it but hey, at that price I could buy several. 

 Basically, you place the mineralspirits in the plastic bottle and then push down on the top. The pump pulls the liquid up to a little bowl in the top so you can dip your blending stumps in.  It reduces evaporation and spills and the "What the heck do I put this stuff in" problem. Their link is here. Here is a picture of the pump

Hope someone finds this helpful! I get so much good info from all you great crafters, I just wanted a chance to share some info with you. Thanks for looking!

Scrapbook Supply Wholesale Club!

I am ALWAYS about saving money, I make my own glue dots (they are ugly but they work) I am getting ready to try my own homemade Glimmer Mist (so if you are in Walmart and pass someone with ink all over their face, say hi :) And now Robyn from Robyns Fetish has gotten together with some other wonderful crafters to create a scrapbook supply wholesale club! Free to join and they are listing products as I type.  They think they will be ready place their first order this Monday. Pop over and take a look at what Robyn has to say :)

New Wholesale Club

Author: Robyn Ann // Category: Wholesale Club

We have started a new Wholesale club for buying scrapbook supplies and stamping supplies. How this works is that we will buying supplies in Bulk.

To join the club you will need to join our Yahoo group and then in the shop make your purchases.. All orders will have to paid in full before the orders are placed.

The Name of the Club is Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium – don’t cha just love it! LOL

Examples of orders being placed will be

Cuddlebug Supplies
Specialty Paper

These are just a few examples of what the club will have to offer you. Our prices will be at Wholesale Prices plus a small shipping charge. There are no fees to join. We will be placing our first order soon.. We will be trying to place orders and get them in for you for the Christmas Season. Head on over to our Yahoo Group and join. When Joining please tell us a little bit about yourself..

Head on over to the Yahoo group and join now

Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
Click HERE for the shop link

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ON A ROLL! More Challenges! All About Fall

One of my friends just bought her first home, it is a cute little townhouse.  This is for her, I thought the image was similar to her actual new home! I used Liquid Applique on the tree and the cloud.  I really like how it turned out! The house image is a freebie from  Create with TLC. Paulette at TLC is so generous with her digis! The Home Tweet Home wreath on the inside is by the awesome Mo Manning at Digital Pencil Too. She has awesome images for every occassion! I have entered this card in the following challenges:
  1. Pear Tree Designs-Free for All (2nd Entry)
  2. Pink Elephant-Brown and Orange
  3. Little Paper Shop-Use Stickles
  4. Crafty Card Makers-Use a freebie (The house)
  5. Creative Inspirations-Halloween/Fall
  6. Craftalicious-Anything goes (3rd entry)
  7. Crafty Anns- Use a digi and your fav coloring medium (Prima pencils)
  8. One Stitch at a Time- Embellish it!
  9. Paper Cutz- Anything Goes
  10. Stampin B's-Fall Colors
  11. Sugar Creek Hollow-Dark Brown, Tan Bluish Green
As always, thanks to all of you wonderful crafters that share your talent and time, and create these challenges. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 18, 2010

More Stella and Challenges!

At the rate I am making Christmas cards I will have them all done by Christmas 2015! I am so slow.  This is my first bow with the Bow gentle with your comments LOL! I have used a "Stella" stamp from Bugaboo stamps for this card, she is one of my favorites. I have been so lucky lately I won the October 31st cartridge from Danielle at Fun and Mental Images, I won the Snowflake stamp from Paper Pretties, I won the EZ view clear top Desk Top at CDAC, I won images at Bugaboo and Wink Wink Ink! I am very grateful to all the generous crafters for their gifts, sharing their talent and providing us with challenges. Sorry if I left any out!  If any of you super crafters out there plan on  having a blog hop anytime soon where the winner will get the Indiana Powerball Lotto advance, please sign me up :) I have entered this card in the following challenges:
  1. Digi Doodle Shop- These are my peeps
  2. Anything Goes-Ribbons
  3. Craftalicious-Anything goes (2nd entry)
  4. Crafty Anns-Us a digi and favorite colouring medium (Prisma color pencils)
  5. Erin Lee Creative- Sassy
  6. One Stitch at a time- Embellish with your favorite things
  7. If the Shoe Fits- Holiday
  8. Paper Cutz- Anything Goes
  9. Little Paper Shop-Use Stickles
  10. Pear Tree Designs-Free for all
  11. Christmas Stampin-Color Challenge
As always, thanks to the wonderful people who challenge us! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness and Challenges!

Hello everyone. I decided to take part in Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The inspiration for this card comes from a friends husband who indicated his favorite Breast Cancer Awareness Slogan was "Save 2nd Base". I thought it was a hoot (no pun intended) So here is my take on this. The digi bra is an image from Shirley2Girls.  Please get your mamograms! I have entered this card in the following challenges:
  1. The Crafty Pad-Make Something for a Friend
  2. Craftalicious-Anything goes
  3. Sweet Stampin-Ribbon 
  4. Our Creative Corner-Embelishments
  5. Paper Cutz- Anything Goes
  6. Digital Tuesday: Digi and Stitching
  7. Wild Orchid: Stitching
  8. Crafty Anns: Use a digi and your favorite coloring medium (Prisma Color Pencils)
  9. Incy Wincy Designs: Faux anything (Stitching)
  10. Just Inspirational: Use a stamped image (digi)
  11. Inky Impressions: Anything goes
Thanks to all the wonderful talented crafters that give us these challenges. Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Papercraft Supply a-holics Unite!

I think this is my first blog post without a project to share.  So 24 followers (lol) have become my defacto support group where I shall now confess my addiction.  I have an overwhelming addiction to papercraft supplies. 

1st step of course is to admit I have a problem that has become unmanageable.  Oh..I have a problem.  I have unopened tools (including but not limited to a cricut jukebox, a carl hand trimmer, cricut cartridges still in plastic) from 2 YEARS ago *sigh* but I had to have them. I have BOXES of unsorted scrap supplies in 3 different rooms in my house! Therefore, I really don't know what I have.  My son tried to point this out to me when he said "Don't order mom, just go into the basement and look around, you don't even know what you have, it will be like shopping..only cheaper".  I thought..PSHAW...he is just not enlightened to my craft :/  I really have a problem purging unneeded or unused supplies! I COULD NEED it for something..sometime. I take way to seriously the papercraft credo "She who dies with the most supplies wins".

2nd step is to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.  So I am thinking..Martha Stewart organizational tools, the Scrapbox, those cube things from Michael's? I have not yet discovered this power...with relationship to my problem..however, I seek!

3rd step is to make the decision to turn my life around.  I am going to undertake this journey! Pay no attention to the Paypal receipt with today's date for Dick Blick. I shall go through boxes, organize and sell or donate and purge my poor neglected, once much sought after, items.

4th step to make an inventory.  Yeah, I started that today and found myself saying way to often "I didn't know I had that",  "I could use that", and a lot of "Oh Hey look at that".

5th step admit to you my followers my wrongs. I will start with one this evening.  I was wrong to think I needed every color eyelet as they all remain UNTOUCHED by my Cropadile..also a must have tool. ( Next up my never used collection of embossing powder)

6th step I shall open myself up to your wisdom, suggestions and support through this trying time.

7th step I will ask the higher power to remove my shortcomings.  Of course that is what got me in this mess.  I could not be without the latest thing! Martha Stewart, Tim Holtz, Provo Craft...lend me your ears!

8th make a list to those harmed and make amends.  So far its just my cat, he feels neglected as he tries to plant himself in the middle of my project and I try to work around him.  However, later it will be my children who will have to go through and dispense with my hoard of supplies if I meet an unexpected demise! I have already instructed them that these are valuable and to not "give them away" in case I am called to the big crop in the sky.

9th to make direct amends.  I will get organized, I will purge, I will show my son I have self control lol!

10th to continue to take inventory and when I make an unneeded or useless purchase to admit it right away, take it back, sell it or purge it from my space!

11th to meditate and go to my happy place where every thing is organized :)

And last but not least:

12th to have a spiritual like awakening, that sometimes less is MORE! If I have so much that I don't know what I have it is too much!

Thanks for listening to my rant.  Thanks to the Enchanted Stamper for giving me a garage sale idea for my blog! I saw she had a separate page for her sale items and I was like..I can do it too! Right now it is just marked "Testing" I had to play and see if I could make it work.  Stay tuned! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dusting off the Cricut and Challenges

Well this was a real learning day lol!  Never try a new technique..on a project..due out the next day! So many talented card makers make distressing paper with ink look...easy. Well this is my first attempt with Tim Holtz. First I was just going to ink the edges..a little got on other parts of the card, so I inked the whole thing. *sigh*. The one thing I did find was a "stay put bow, stay put ribbon tutorial". Thank you Michelle!  Yeah I know I am a little behind.  The bride was a freebie from the good people over at SVG cuts, she has a cute tutorial on making a card with this cut as well.  Thanks for listening to me rehash this experience lol.  I have entered this card in the following challenges:
  1. Stamp Something: Celebrate
  2. Sew Many Cards: Anything Goes
  3. Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
  4. Stampin B's: Red White and Black card
  5. Sweet Stampin: Punch it out
  6. Stamp Scrap and Doodle: Open Challenge
  7. One Stop Craft Challenge: Congratulations
  8. Incy Wincy Designs: Sparkly Glitter
A special thank you to all the crafter that take the time and interest to provide us with challenges to keep us motivated. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Last of my Nurse cards...for awhile and challenges!

This is Nurse Margaret from Bugaboo Stamps! I made a small set of four all occassion cards for my hairdresser, all had a nurse theme.  I have entered this card in the following challenges:

  1. Sweet Stampin: Punch it out

  2. Stamp Scrap and Doodle: Anything Goes

  3. Catch the Bug: Anything Goes

  4. Sew Many Cards: Anything Goes
Whew! Thanks to all those who provide us with challenges and thanks for looking!